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Thailand
 

It's Your Fault

Thailand is blaming Laos for the re-appearance of the H5N1 virus.
July 31st, 2006

 

Thai Death Confirmed
The World Health Organization has confirmed the death in Thailand of a 17-year-old youth from bird flu. It is Thailand's first reported case of bird flu human infection in 2006. Thailand has now reported a total of 23 cases of human infection, of which 15 have been fatal. Reuters provides a timeline of 2006 bird flu developments.
July 27th, 2006

 

This Is Unfortunate
Thailand has been struck again by bird flu. It's still not clear if it's H5N1. If it is, it'll be the first outbreak in the country in nearly nine months.
July 25th, 2006

 

Another Case in Thailand

Thailand has reported its 21st case of human infection, a one-year-old boy who is expected to recover.

November 12th, 2005


Another Thai Case

A Thai woman is recovering after being stricken with bird flu, according to the country’s deputy public health minister. It is Thailand’s 20th confirmed case of human bird flu since the end of 2003, of whom 13 have died.

November 1st, 2005

 

Thailand – Bird Flu Spreading

Bird flu appears to be spreading rapidly in Thailand, according to a survey by The Nation newspaper.

 

Cases of suspected human infections on the rise as villagers resist efforts by livestock officials to cull fowl. Avian influenza has spread to more than half the country, with 39 provinces reporting confirmed or suspected cases of fresh bird-flu infections. Last week, the authorities had just 21 provinces under close watch for bird flu, suggesting the virus is spreading rapidly.

 

Meanwhile, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Suphan Buri and Kamphaeng Phet have been put on a list of provinces with severe bird-flu problems. “We are receiving more and more reports of fowl deaths,” Jatuporn Kamchuen, the livestock chief of Kanchanaburi’s Phanom Thuan district, said yesterday. Livestock officials were busy culling fowl suspected of contracting bird flu.

 

At the same time, he complained that officials were facing resistance from some villagers who had tried to prevent officials from taking their birds. “We need to raise people’s understanding of the situation.”

October 26th, 2005

 

WHO Updates

WHO has officially announced another case of bird flu human infection in Thailand, a seven-year-old boy who has now recovered. It is the country’s 19th case.

 

WHO has also reported that in Indonesia a four-year-old boy has been confirmed as having had bird flu. He has now recovered. And a man who died at the end of September is now confirmed as having died of bird flu. These are Indonesia’s sixth and seventh bird flu cases, with four deaths. This brings to 62 the total number of deaths since the end of 2003.

 

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports two possible new cases of human bird flu infection. A poultry farm worker is in hospital in Nakhon Pathom province and a young girl is being treated in Kanchanaburi province,

October 25th, 2005

 

News Round-Up (Most of It Bad)

The Thai government has confirmed its first bird flu fatality in a year. It is the country’s 13th bird flu death. The official WHO announcement is here.

 

In Australia, three pigeons – part of a shipment of 102 racing and show pigeons from Canada – were found to have bird flu antibodies. Canadian quarantine authorities had reportedly certified the infected birds as disease-free.

 

Taiwan has reportedly discovered H5N1-infected birds that were being smuggled in from China.

 

A lengthy report in the Washington Post says Indonesia has been engaged in a two-year cover-up of its growing bird flu problem.

 

The Economist has an excellent report on the global fight against the virus.

October 21st, 2005

 

Disturbing Developments in Thailand

The Bangkok Post reports that a Thai man died yesterday of “bird-flu-like symptoms” after coming into contact with dead birds. However, earlier tests on the man had not revealed bird flu. The newspaper says that the dead man’s relatives are refusing to hand over the body to the hospital for an autopsy. The man’s seven-year-old son is also sick, and is being treated in hospital. Thailand has officially had 17 cases of human infection of bird flu, with 12 deaths.

October 20th, 2005

 

Generic Tamiflu

The Taiwanese Department of Health has written to Roche requesting negotiations on the generic production of Tamiflu. Meanwhile, Thailand is apparently going ahead with its own production, without consulting Roche.

October 18th, 2005